While smartphones continue to get bigger
, tablets seem to be
. Large smartphones may be here to stay, but that latter trend
could change very soon.
, Sharp will provide 11.6-inch IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide)
panels to Samsung this year. The panels are expected to be for
future notebooks, but considering Intel's (NASDAQ:
) new requirement that all next-gen Ultrabooks
must contain a touch screen
, it seems inevitable that the IGZO displays will end up in a
Given Samsung's effort to build larger devices (including a
110-inch Ultra HD TV
), it is possible that these 11.6-inch panels will also be used
in a full-fledged tablet. Not merely a convertible notebook, but
an actual tablet designed for Windows Blue or some other
By building an 11-inch tablet, Samsung could set a new
standard for the industry. While notebook convertibles and
all-in-one desktops are
, they typically cost more than a high-end tablet. They may also
be heavier and a
bit too clunky
for the average user. With the right materials, an 11-inch tablet
could be just as light and thin as a 9- or 10-inch tablet.
In addition to the 11-inch panels for Samsung, Sharp is also
said to be working on a large-format Ultra HD TV. While the new
television was originally anticipated for a summer release, Sharp
is not expected to have the set ready before the end of the
This gives Sony (NYSE:
), Samsung, LG and other TV manufacturers a fair amount of time
to take control of the new Ultra HD market.
63,000 Ultra HD TV sets
were shipped in 2012. This was due to a number of factors,
starting with the price (Sony's first unit retailed for $24,999)
and the limited availability of these televisions. The lack of
true 4K content provided another drawback.
In 2013, 4K LCD manufacturers are
expected to ship
2.6 million Ultra HD TVs. This seems like an unfathomable
increase, but with more manufacturers jumping on board, shipment
totals are likely to rise above last year's low numbers.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him
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